Personnel File: Seahawks vs. Vikings

Seahawks.NET
Posted Aug 12, 2008


In a new weekly feature, Seahawks.NET's Brian McIntyre takes a look at Seattle's offensive opportunities and personnel groupings.

When I fired up the DVR to watch the %%MATCH_16%%-Minnesota Vikings game this weekend (I need stronger bunny ears to get KOMO from 3,000 miles away), the part of the game I was most curious about was how the Seahawks were using the young wide receive

When I fired up the DVR to watch the Seattle Seahawks-Minnesota Vikings game this weekend (I need stronger bunny ears to get KOMO from 3,000 miles away), the part of the game I was most curious about was how the Seahawks were using the young wide receivers they’re going to be relying upon this season.

I began taking some notes, which led to me using Excel to track down and distance, who was split wide, who was the flanker, who lined up in the slot, etc…Before long, I realized that I might as well just chart everything and sort it out later.

So I did.

The results of this endeavor are below.

OFFENSE

Let’s start out simple. How many plays did each of Seattle’s quarterbacks play on Friday night against Minnesota?

Quarterback Plays

Quarterback

# of Plays

Seneca Wallace

40

Charlie Frye

14

Matt Hasselbeck

12

Offensive Line

Seattle used three primary offensive line combinations on Friday night. They were:

OL

1st-Team

2nd-Team

3rd-Team

LT

71-W.Jones

78-K.Williams

73-W.Robinson

LG

68-M.Wahle

63-P.Murray

63-P.Murray

C

69-S.Vallos

69-S.Vallos

57-B.Claxton

RG

67-R.Sims

66-M.Wrotto

66-M.Wrotto

RT

75-S.Locklear

74-R.Willis

74-R.Willis

Notes: The first-team offensive line played three series (20 plays).

The second-team offensive line played six series (32 plays).

The third-team offensive line played two series (14 plays).

Will Robinson did see a play or two at left tackle in place of Kyle Williams.

Kyle Williams replaced Will Robinson after Robinson left the game with an ankle injury.

Personnel Groupings - Offense, including Run/Pass %

Personnel Group

Pass

Run

Total

Pass %

Run %

2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE

9

8

17

52.9%

47.1%

1 RB, 4 WR

3

0

3

100.0%

0.0%

1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE

9

9

18

50.0%

50.0%

1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE

1

0

1

100.0%

0.0%

2 RB, 3 WR

8

14

22

36.4%

63.6%

2 RB, 1 WR, 2 TE

0

4

4

0.0%

100.0%

2 RB, 3 TE

1

0

1

100.0%

0.0%

Notes: While Seattle only threw four passes from the 1-4-0, or “Eagle” personnel group, they did throw from a 4-wide set on 6 additional plays. In those plays, Maurice Morris (3), T.J. Duckett (2) and John Carlson (1) lined up as a wide receiver.

Player-by-Player Personnel Group Count

I was curious to see how many plays each player got in each personnel group. Below is a list, sorted numerically by position (RB-WR-TE), and the number of plays they played in each personnel group, as well as a total number of plays that player was on the field for:

Player

2-2-1

1-4-0

1-3-1

1-2-2

2-3-0

2-1-2

2-0-3

Total

20-M.Morris

6

0

4

1

3

0

0

14

22-J.Jones

3

1

4

0

3

1

0

12

30-J.Forsett

3

0

5

0

8

1

0

17

34-D.Kirtman

3

0

0

0

7

2

0

12

35-O.Schmitt

7

0

0

0

10

1

1

19

43-L.Weaver

7

0

0

0

4

1

0

12

45-T.Duckett

5

2

4

0

7

2

1

21

14-J.Filani

7

2

7

0

15

2

1*

34

16-M.Bumpus

1

2

6

0

12

0

0

21

17-T.Shelton

0

2

5

0

6

0

0

13

18-B.Gilmore

7

0

7

0

12

1

0

27

19-L.Payne

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

81-N.Burleson

7

1

6

1

4

1

0

20

82-J.Kent

3

3

4

0

6

0

0

16

83-D.Branch

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

84-B.Engram

3

0

0

0

2

0

0

5

86-C.Taylor

3

1

8

0

4

1

0

17

87-B.Obomanu

3

1

8

1

6

0

0

19

46-J.Newton

4

0

9

0

0

2

1

16

85-W.Heller

7

0

4

1

0

1

0

13

88-J.Putzier

0

0

2

0

0

1

0

3

89-J.Carlson

6

0

3

1

0

3

1

14

Notes: Joel Filani was lined up as a tight end/h-back on his 1-yard touchdown reception.

In the Slot

I charted the number of times each player lined up as a slot receiver. With Bobby Engram out for 6-to-8 weeks with a broken bone in his shoulder, that data may shed some light on who could fill that role in 3-wide sets in his absence.

Receiver

Slot Plays

Total

% of Plays in Slot

16-M.Bumpus

20

21

95.2%

17-T.Shelton

10

13

76.9%

87-B.Obomanu

12*

19

63.2%

84-B.Engram

3

5

60.0%

81-N.Burleson

4

20

20.0%

89-J.Carlson

1

14

7.1%

82-J.Kent

1

16

6.3%

86-C.Taylor

1

17

5.9%

18-B.Gilmore

1

27

3.7%

14-J.Filani

0

34

0.0%

19-L.Payne

0

0

0.0%

83-D.Branch

0

0

0.0%

85-W.Heller

0

13

0.0%

88-J.Putzier

0

3

0.0%

Notes: After Engram left the game, Seattle ran 13 first-half plays from a 3 or 4-wide receiver set. Ben Obomanu was lined up in the slot on 12 of those 13 plays.

DEFENSE

By my count, Seattle used 12 different personnel groups on defense against Minnesota. There were five “Base” packages (4 DL, 3 LB, 3 DB), four “Nickel” packages (4-2-5), one “Goal-line” package (5-3-3) and two “4-4” packages (4-4-3).

Seattle was so short-handed on defense Friday night (9 of the 15 inactive players were from the defense), so I wouldn’t read too much into these personnel groupings. They’ll change as guys get healthy.

Formation

Plays

Runs

Pass

Run%

Pass%

Base-1

10

1

9

10.0%

90.0%

Base-2

6

5

1

83.3%

16.7%

Base-3

12

7

5

58.3%

41.7%

Base-4

7

1

6

14.3%

85.7%

Base-5

4

2

2

50.0%

50.0%

Nickel-1

2

0

2

0.0%

100.0%

Nickel-2

4

0

4

0.0%

100.0%

Nickel-3

1

0

1

0.0%

100.0%

Nickel-4

14

2

12

14.3%

85.7%

Goal-line

3

3

0

100.0%

0.0%

4-4 (1)

0*

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

4-4 (2)

2

2

0

100.0%

0.0%

Notes: Seattle first showed a 4-4 look on a 3rd and 1 play in the 1st quarter, but the play was negated by a false start penalty on Minnesota.

Base Packages

Pos

Base-1

Base-2

Base-3

Base-4

Base-5

LDE

59-B.Atkins

59-B.Atkins

52-J.Babin

52-J.Babin

52-J.Babin

LDT

99-R.Bernard

93-C.Terrill

93-C.Terrill

93-C.Terrill

60-K.Brown

RDT

92-B.Mebane

94-H.Green

94-H.Green

94-H.Green

94-H.Green

RDE

55-D.Tapp

95-L.Jackson

95-L.Jackson

95-L.Jackson

95-L.Jackson

SLB

56-L.Hill

58-D.Lewis

58-D.Lewis

58-D.Lewis

58-D.Lewis

MLB

51-L.Tatupu

44-D.Hawthorne

44-D.Hawthorne

44-D.Hawthorne

44-D.Hawthorne

WLB

98-J.Peterson

50-L.Laury

50-L.Laury

50-L.Laury

50-L.Laury

LCB

23-M.Trufant

32-K.Hobbs

32-K.Hobbs

32-K.Hobbs

32-K.Hobbs

RCB

21-K.Jennings

26-J.Wilson

26-J.Wilson

26-J.Wilson

26-J.Wilson

FS

24-D.Grant

39-C.Wallace

39-C.Wallace

33-K.Johnson

33-K.Johnson

SS

25-B.Russell

36-J.Adams

36-J.Adams

36-J.Adams

36-J.Adams

Notes: Jason Babin replaced Lawrence Jackson for a couple of plays in the Base-2 defense.

Nickel Packages

Pos

Nickel 1

Nickel-2

Nickel-3

Nickel-4

LDE

55-D.Tapp

59-B.Atkins

52-J.Babin

52-J.Babin

LDT

99-R.Bernard

93-C.Terrill

93-C.Terrill

60-K.Brown

RDT

95-L.Jackson

94-H.Green

94-H.Green

94-H.Green

RDE

98-J.Peterson

95-L.Jackson

95-L.Jackson

95-L.Jackson

LB

56-L.Hill

50-L.Laury

50-L.Laury

50-L.Laury

LB

51-L.Tatupu

44-D.Hawthorne

44-D.Hawthorne

44-D.Hawthorne

LCB

23-M.Trufant

32-K.Hobbs

32-K.Hobbs

32-K.Hobbs

RCB

21-K.Jennings

31-O.Lowe

31-O.Lowe

31-O.Lowe

NCB

26-J.Wilson

26-J.Wilson

26-J.Wilson

26-J.Wilson

FS

24-D.Grant

39-C.Wallace

33-K.Johnson

33-K.Johnson

SS

25-B.Russell

36-J.Adams

36-J.Adams

36-J.Adams

Notes: Josh Wilson was playing the nickel corner the entire night, lining up in the slot all 21 times Seattle went to a nickel package.

4-4 Packages

Pos

4-4 (1)

4-4 (2)

LDE

59-B.Atkins

59-B.Atkins

LDT

99-R.Bernard

93-C.Terrill

RDT

92-B.Mebane

94-H.Green

RDE

55-D.Tapp

52-J.Babin

LOLB

98-J.Peterson

50-L.Laury

ILB

51-L.Tatupu

44-D.Hawthorne

ILB

56-L.Hill

58-D.Lewis

ROLB

50-L.Laury

36-J.Adams

CB

23-M.Trufant

26-J.Wilson

FS

24-D.Grant

39-C.Wallace

SS

25-B.Russell

33-K.Johnson

Notes: The second group technically isn’t a 4-4, but Adams was lined up next to D.D. Lewis on both plays. Kelin Johnson was lined up 10-15 yards off the line of scrimmage to protect against the pass.

Goal-line Package

Pos

GL-1

LDE

59-B.Atkins

LDT

99-R.Bernard

NT

93-C.Terrill

RDT

92-B.Mebane

RDE

55-D.Tapp

SLB

56-L.Hill

MLB

51-L.Tatupu

WLB

98-J.Peterson

S

25-B.Russell

S

24-D.Grant

CB

23-M.Trufant

I’ll be tracking this data for the remainder of the preseason, so if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to send them to me here.



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